Restaurant Review – Tribes African Steakhouse

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We dined at Tribes in the Mall of the Emirates because we’d heard it had fantastic steaks. It’s advertised as an African Steakhouse, and it has the African theming down well – you forget you’re in a mall!  Feels like you’re walking into an African hut of some sort, and you can see the flames of the grill in the back, there are skins and furs on some of the chairs, woven reeds, just a fabulous sense of theming.  Disney would be proud.

Even their menus are beautifully themed, aren't they?

Even their menus are beautifully themed, aren’t they?

Just trying to show you a bit of the atmosphere we experienced.

Just trying to show you a bit of the atmosphere we experienced.

I wanted tile in my house like is on these walls.  Till TBG told me I'd have to keep it dusted.....

I wanted tile in my house like is on these walls. Till TBG told me I’d have to keep it dusted…..

We were happy, had just gotten off one of the Big Bus tours and we were starving!

We were happy, had just gotten off one of the Big Bus tours and we were starving!

This is the bar area.  No, they don't serve real drinks with liquor.

This is the bar area. No, they don’t serve real drinks with liquor.

Pretty dang cool-looking chandeliers, huh?

Pretty dang cool-looking chandeliers, huh?

The seating areas are comfy and cozy, and great for conversations.

The seating areas are comfy and cozy, and great for conversations.

We ordered steaks, and a multi-tribal sausage platter as an appetizer.  The sausages were interesting, the chicken one had little flavor, lamb was a bit more flavorful, the beef yet a bit more, but the camel was *quite* tasty.  The onion and fig jam was gummy and difficult to enjoy.

The bread they brought us I SWEAR I could have eaten nothing but that all night.  It was crusty, warm, and wonderful.

The bread they brought us I SWEAR I could have eaten nothing but that all night. It was crusty, warm, and wonderful.

Appetizer - the sausage platter.

Appetizer – the sausage platter.

TBG's "mocktail" - pronounced yummy as well.

TBG’s “mocktail” – pronounced yummy as well.

Yummm.... one of their "mocktails" - blended fruit juices.

Yummm…. one of their “mocktails” – blended fruit juices.

Our steaks arrived, and be aware that they’re cooked to a textbook level of doneness…… if you order medium, that’s exactly what you’re getting.  The meat was nowhere near as tender as we’d hoped for, and the only flavor in the meat was within the sauce it was served.  We were truly disappointed.  We’ve had better quality meat at a Longhorn Steakhouse chain in the states.  The portions were substantial, though.  And the bread was *quite* delicious – full of grains and all sorts of goodness.  We could have eaten another entire loaf.

The attraction - red meat.  This place is for carnivores, for sure!

The attraction – red meat. This place is for carnivores, for sure!

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TBG's steak.  He loved it.

Again, the atmosphere was quite wonderful, our server knowledgeable and attentive, it was a fun place to eat.  Here are some of the folks hard at work making the food served.

Making that meat magic happen!

Making that meat magic happen!

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Service was exquisite, unobtrusive and professional, with a sense of humor.  It was a nice visit, but not worth a return trip at the

prices they charge – unless you snag a “buy one get one” type voucher from one of the group-selling websites.

Now, even when you're getting your bill, it's presented in a lovely manner, see?

Now, even when you’re getting your bill, it’s presented in a lovely manner, see?

Happy!

Happy!

Here’s a link to my Trip Advisor review 

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    • Well thanks, sizzling hot deluxe – people that know me in real life will swear that I write *exactly* like I talk…. fast with a lot of mistakes! Glad you’ve bookmarked me…. thanks for stopping by!

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